DR. Jim Pennington

Senior Pastor

Jim Pennington grew up in central Florida where he enjoyed sunshine, the surf and fresh squeezed orange juice. He attended the University of Florida where he accepted Jesus Christ and married Patty. He went on to graduate at Palm Beach Atlantic College, then received a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. He has been serving in the ministry for over 40 years, most of that as a Senior Pastor. He and Patty have traveled the world together on vacations and mission trips from the Bahamas to Guatemala to South Africa to Tanzania to Israel to France to Italy to England and about a dozen more countries. They have flown in hot air balloons, fixed wing gliders, the Bud One Airship, and all kinds of airplanes. He would rather spend time with her than anyone else in the world. They have a daughter, Courtney, who lives with her husband and three boys in the Tampa, Florida area and a son, Jeremy, who lives with his wife, two boys and a daughter in Palmer, Alaska. He has a passion for hiking, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, skiing, zip lining, snow machining and pretty much anything outdoors. The reason that he loves nature so much is because everywhere he looks, he sees God's fingerprints.

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Executive Pastor

Bennett Holloway and his family originate from Oklahoma and Texas. He met his beautiful Bride Lauren at college while attending Oklahoma State University. While working in Houston, Texas for five years he made his way to the East Coast and has enjoyed all that New Bern as to offer. Since being here, Bennett has grown in his love in the outdoors, the beach, and the people of New Bern. Although he has not quite acquired a taste for the Eastern Carolina “BBQ”, he has fallen in love with the town and its people. Bennett and his wife have a passion for serving alongside one another and specifically on the mission field. As their family of four continues to grow, they are excited about all the God has in store for them here at Temple for such a time as this.

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Darryl Radford 

Associate Pastor of Community

Darryl Radford attended both Johnston County Community College & East Carolina majoring in Intermediate Education with a minor in History.  He has over 40 years of experience in the workforce ranging from sales, management, & corporate experience in Human Resources to trading/implementing initiatives. New Bern is where he calls home and he comes from a family of all D's (Dianne, David, Deborah, Don, Dale, Darryl), his three brothers were all born April 5th each four years apart, and he and his two sisters were all born the same week in November. He met his lovely wife in Raleigh at the Western Blvd K-Mary. She was the blue light special! He is also the blessed father of three girls: Hannah, Holly, and Haley! In his spare time he likes to do anything with family, volunteering as a coach, golf, & reading.

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Ed Ledford 

Connections and Production Pastor

Ed Ledford attended Truett-McConnell College before transferring to the University of Georgia where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. During this time, he met his wife, Jessica and they have two beautiful children, Lily and Jonah. Ed has spent many years working in professional audio and video production environments as well as in live concert settings. Over this time, God has given Ed the opportunity to serve Him and apply these experiences in a variety of worship settings for His glory. In the rare spare minute, Ed loves anything tech related, music and laughing with his family.

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